Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

Of Server Merges, Memorial Dings, Vanity Mounts, and Predictions

EverQuest is merging servers.

No big surprise there I suppose.  The last time I was on EQ my benchmark for population/activity, the number of vendors set up in the Bazaar, was looking pretty grim.

I did not get notified directly about the merger like some did, but my account is lapsed currently.  I guess they don’t send such notifications to their inactive user base, despite my having signed up to get such mailings in my Station preferences.

And they have not mentioned server merges on their Facebook page, where they seem to be focused on their Memorial Ding! contest.

If enough people become fans of the EverQuest Facebook page, they will raise the spawn rates for rare items this coming Memorial Day.  They have already handed out rewards in-game for meeting their 12K goal, but to get a 100% boost in rare spawn rates, they want to hit 18K.  Go social networking.

Anyway, when I did see the server merge announcement, I took a minute to go back and look at my predictions list for 2010, which was written and posted on January 1st of this year, just to see how things stood.  And, sure enough, I had server merges on the list.

EverQuest – The next round of server consolidation will happen, and it will be a good thing

I wasn’t really going out on a limb there I suppose.  It will no doubt be a good thing too, though I cannot remember what happened to my original EQ server, E’ci.

But while I was looking into that, I also noticed another prediction I made, about which I had completely forgot when the events came to pass.

Most subscription MMOs that sell vanity items like pets or appearance gear will sell custom mounts by the end of 2010.  WoW and EQ2 will be the benchmark.

WoW and EQ2 to sell custom mounts.  Well, I think I’ve got that one covered with the Greed Steed and the Fat Cats both selling for $25 a pop.   And it isn’t even June yet.

I also predicted StarCraft II would ship in the second quarter of this year, so I missed that by 27 days.  That ought to be worth some partial credit.